SENTENCIA!

It happened today! The proper grammarian in me says to only use one exclaimation point, but I don’t know if holding the button down for fifteen minutes would properly communicate my excitement! We should be bringing them home within a week’s time!

They are our children. No more dress rehersal. No more going through the motions. They are officially in our family! It feels like a huge weight has been lifted, and to God be the glory! As if salvation wasn´t enough, today He blessed us with five beautiful children. Allow me to introduce the family:

Big brother… This is the oldest boy who turned seven about a week and a half ago. He likes the color blue, loves to help (as long as it is on his terms), and is super creative. He is the one that created a habitat for the butterflies, and his imagination has fueled some creative ideas with Play-do and watercolors. He enjoys being the older brother and setting the tone for the other kids. He is also a soccer fan, and likes Barcalona. Also, I think he might be a car guy. We talk about them a lot, and I think, given that he loves to help, he may become my oil-changing buddy.

Big brother on his birthday… Proud to be a Texan in a few days!

Big sister… Our oldest daughter who turned six a week before we met her. She is all girl. She loves dresses and clothes in general, her favorite movie is “Tangled”, and she can be a bit of a drama queen at times. She´s also a talker… and at times, a singer. All she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth. On a side note, she has got a thick head of hair, and the lice love her, but not as much as we do. She also loves climbing on the monkey bars, and she’s gotten pretty good at it since we have been here. We may have a future gymnist/drill team/cheer leader… Since she is all girl, I’m sure it will be one of those “lady sports” (Just kidding – How many people did I just offend?).

Big sister… Beth had fun doing her hair on this particular day.

Middle brother – The middle child who turned five a day after we met them. Middle brother is a people pleaser. He really doesn´t like conflict, and he is always reminding the others to say please and thank you. Along the same lines, he is always lobbying for things to be fair. It is interesting to me because he seems to be the kid that all the others have no problem playing with… maybe because he is in the middle. He is a daddy´s boy too, which makes Beth a little jealous. He is always wanting to sit in my lap, hold my hand, be on my team, etc… He is also a soccer fan and the best at that memory game where you turn all the cards upside down, and draw two at a time trying to find a match.

Middle brother. On his birthday, he got to pick out the bread he wanted at Pan Pa’ Ya, so he got the most gynormous piece of bread he could find.

Little brother – The youngest son who will be turning four in about two weeks. Beth likes to say he is too cute for his own good. He has eyelashes that go on for miles, dimples, and a “I´m totally sweet and innocent” smile. On top of that, he is a bit of a “yes man”. I get tons of “Si, Papi’s” and he has no idea what he is saying yes to. He loves playing with his older brothers, even if they don’t want to, and he is a bit of a hoarder and a thief. We are working on this, but it is best to keep him in clothes with as few pockets as possible. Also, he likes things neat and clean. Beth also thinks he is a bit vain because he likes to comb his hair in the mirror for hours.

Little brother… I think he was up to something when I took this picture.

Darth- The youngest. Other aliases include “Turd Furgeson” and “Little Toot”. She is a mess. She is by far the funniest of our children, and can entertain herself for hours. She loves dogs and might actually be one. She growls at them in the park, sometimes barks, and has her tongue out a lot of the time. She also likes being the youngest and taken care of by all members of her family (on her own terms). She is one of the most strong willed of the kids, and doesn’t like being restrained. Also her volume knob is broken. She has no clue how loud to talk or when to be quiet. When I tell her to be quiet, she still moves her mouth but doesn´t make a sound because that´s clearly what I wanted.

Darth. Many a napkin have suffered the fate of cleaning her face, and this one is no exception.

Reading the Bible before bed.

The girls watching a movie. For some reason, I’m the adult, but I’m the one sitting on the floor?!?

Papi and the boys. We underestimated the size our fort needed to be when we built it, so my butt had to stay outside.

This was story-time with Mami before church yesterday. When I took the picture, I thought, “Awe… look how they are all so sweet and paying attention”. Then I saw what the camera caught. Darn you, Darth!

This morning as I was riding back from the court after having signed the sentencia, I thought a little about the journey we have been on.

A year ago yesterday, (September 9), we sent in an information sheet, photo, and $50 to learn a little bit about the adoption process.

September 20, Beth and I, after learning about the programs that were available, both felt called to international adoption from Colombia.

December 26, I began demolition on the breezeway to convert it into an office to make room (on faith that someday we might have a family).

February 2, Beth at Gladney informs us that five siblings are available for adoption and asked if we were interested, even though we put down on our form that we were interested in a group of two to four children.

February 20, after much prayer and discussion, we signed a letter of intent to La Casa claiming these five. That same day, we got to see a picture of our future children for the first time.

On March 24, we had the most amazing garage sale in the history of the world, and raised over four times what we thought we would for our adoption expences.

April 13, we bought a huge Ford van for our new family.

June 21, we were approved by La Casa to be the parents of our five kids.

June 22, we got to talk to our children for the first time on Skype.

July 25, I got to sing Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter for the first time on Skype and tell her that we would be coming in a little over a week.

August 1, HR from work told me that my coworkers had donated enough vacation time that I could be gone for the entire 9 weeks I needed, a few hours before we got on a plane to fly to Colombia.

August 3, I got to hug my children for the first time.

September 10, we are officially a family!

As an added blessing, our pastor’s wife informed us earlier today that our church took up a love offering yesterday evening to help us pay for some of the unexpected expenses. We did not ask for or expect this, and humbled does not even begin to describe how we feel. God has blessed us above and beyond not just what we deserve but also beyond anything we ever thought was possible.

Thank you to all that have prayed, encouraged, sacrificed time or money, and rallied around us. You have reminded me of the love of Christ – Before our kids ever knew you, you loved them enough to help us be their parents. This line is cliche, but it is so true. You all will never know how much you have blessed our family, and while it seems so trite, all I can say is “Thank you.”

We are still praying for a lot of our Gladney friends that are still waiting for there children as well as our church friends who have fought so hard for their little boy in Uganda. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

At the dinnermesa,

Ty

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28 thoughts on “SENTENCIA!

  1. Megan Canton says:

    Yeah!!!!! ( I will use a lot of exclamation marks for you :)) A great day in the Nichol’s history book. Can’t wait for you guys to get home.

  2. SharonLee says:

    So many tears in my eyes that I can barely type. Praise God for this amazing gift. I already loved your children, but these pictures confirmed what a precious family you have. Can’t wait to meet them face to face. Come home!!!!!!!! (as an English teacher, I have no trouble with extra exclamation points.)

  3. Vicki lindsey says:

    Praising & thanking God alongside you! What a mighty God we serve!! So much has happened, but this is still just the beginning of your beautiful story! These are some of the cutest kids ever!! They really do favor y’all! Hope they like hugs—there is a very long line forming here in Texas!

  4. Jacqui Lundy says:

    Oh my! My heart is racing in excitement over the blessing that is currently being experienced! Praising God with you and grateful for answered prayers! Praying for safe travel home. Can’t wait to meet those precious children! Congratulation!

  5. Mary Beth Anderson says:

    “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21
    PRAISE HIS GREAT NAME!

  6. Misty says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait to meet our extended family. Praying for a safe trip home. May God bless you in these final days and as you return home. Love you guys.

  7. Oh my goodness! I’m so excited! I’m a blubbering mess right now with excitement and praise to God at how only HE could orchestrate such a beautiful story in only a year. Only God. I would say I cannot believe it…except we’ve experienced it, too. God is so good. Now…remember the amazing story of how he brought you these beautiful children when they are driving you up the wall and you’re ready to wring their precious little necks (of course, I’m not speaking from experience or anything 🙂 LOL!)!

  8. Ok….it’s first thing in the morning. New makeup….and it’s all smeared…I’m crying….. I can’t even imagine how you’ll must feel….I’m so happy I want to go hoop and holler through the neighborhood…..WOW….WOW….PRAISE THE LORD,

  9. Julie says:

    Yahoooooooo! Your children are adorable! I bet those kids don’t realize they have a family of 1000+ strong at FBCM all who consider them their children too? 🙂
    This blog is what everyone is talking about. I think you need your own show on cable. So proud of you two and your grace under pressure. Truly living testimonies to our perfect Living God. Now, get home!

  10. Priscilla Finch says:

    I don’t know you but I know of you. Congratulations!!! What a great testimony. God spoke, you listened and obediently followed and He provided.

  11. Mona Bozeman says:

    Tyler & Beth, wanted to say Congrats on your new family. I am Mona your cousin. Ronnie is my cousin. This I know sounds crazy but I wanted to let Ya’ll know how proud I am of you. I will be so glad when Ya’ll get back to Texas & we can all meet your new family. Wish it had been a little earlier so you could hav come to the reunion on Sept 1.. I hope this get to you. Please e-mail me @ missmona43@yahoo.com when you hav time. I would Luv to hear from you. Martha, I know your & Ronnie are goin to be “wonderful” Grand Parents. Luv Ya Bunches, Mona

  12. Tina says:

    Please don’t stop blogging. I look forward to reading about your adventures in parenting. God bless you! I look forward to meeting you all.

    In Christ,

    Tina
    Fbc

  13. Patty Clarke says:

    At least I had taken my makeup off before I read this! Right now tears are running down my cheeks, my night cream has gotten into my eyes, and I can barely see! But the tears are tears of joy for your God given blessings! What a beautiful family you make!!!!!!!! You have so many “firsts” ahead of you to share with your children and each other. To God Be The Glory For The Things He Has Done! Praying for your speedy and safe return home!

  14. Lourdes says:

    Tears of joy streaming down my face and thanking God for all the prayers answered. Blessed be the name of the Lord! Can’t wait to meet them!

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